Pennsylvania Railroad stations and bridges viewbookCreation: undated
The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) was chartered in 1846 to complete an all-railroad network across the state. Between 1855 and 1874, the PRR underwent rapid expansion and emerged as one of the two largest railroad systems in the region east of the Mississippi and north of the Ohio. In 1910, the PRR entered Manhattan through tunnels under the Hudson and East Rivers. This is a viewbook or souvenir album containing views related to the Pennsylvania Railroad in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, including stations, bridges, and tracks.
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- Chisholm Bros (Organization)
General Physical Description
1 item (viewbook) ; 5 x 6 in. Printed on one side of a single strip folded accordion style and attached by its leading edge to upper cover.
The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) was chartered in 1846 to complete an all-railroad network across the state. In 1857 the Pennsylvania Railroad purchased the old Main Line system and eventually brought the entire line from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh under one management. Between 1855 and 1874, the PRR underwent rapid expansion and emerged as one of the two largest railroad systems in the region east of the Mississippi and north of the Ohio. Through stock purchase or lease, it reached Baltimore in 1861, Chicago and Indianapolis in 1869, St. Louis in 1870, Jersey City opposite New York in 1871, and Washington in 1872. Purchase of the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad in 1881 brought complete control of the important New York-Washington corridor, and in 1910, the PRR entered Manhattan through tunnels under the Hudson and East Rivers. Most of the main lines lying east and south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania were electrified between 1915 and 1938.
More than other railroads, the PRR was highly dependent upon the coal and steel industries and was burdened on its eastern end with a high-density passenger service. After 1958, the former began an irreversible decline, and the latter became a source of red ink. The PRR merged with its major rival, the New York Central, in 1968 to create the Penn Central Transportation Company. The merger was ill-planned and the company declared bankruptcy in 1970. In 1971, the federal government created Amtrak to assume the most essential passenger service, and in 1976, viable portions of Penn Central and other bankrupt railroads in its territory were conveyed to Conrail, which rehabilitated them with federal funds.
Scope and Content
This is a viewbook or souvenir album containing views related to the Pennsylvania Railroad in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, including stations, bridges, and tracks. Most of the views are in Pennsylvania and include the Broad Street Station in Philadelphia, the Bryn Mawr Station, the Lewiston Narrows, the Jacks Narrows, the Horse Shoe Curve, the Spruce Creek tunnel, and the Pennsylvania Railroad Company's depot in Pittsburgh. There is also one birds-eye view of the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in Jersey City, New Jersey, the Hudson River and New York City.
The cover title is Souvenir of Buffalo. It is unrelated to the subject of the illustrations.
Manufactured by Chisholm Bros. ... manufacturers of Chas. Frey's original souvenir albums of all American & Canadian cities & sceneries--P.
GL Box 1.
This collection is open for research.
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- Pennsylvania Railroad (Organization)
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